June 1, 2013
For one of my modules this term I had to complete a group project on Sheffield. We created a website that looks into how far we can see aspects of Haussmann’s Paris in the 19th Century in contemporary Sheffield.
Haussmann was an urban planner who renovated the ‘old’ medieval Paris into a ‘City of Modernity’ in the mid-1800s, with broad boulevards, public parks, and a bourgeois consumer culture to go with it. We looked at Sheffield through the lens of three of the main aspects of Haussmann’s Paris: creative destruction (the process of destroying old parts to make way for the new), people and controlled movement, and the city as a spectacle.
It made me look at Sheffield in a different way – not just as a place where I happen to be studying, but as the exciting and intriguing contemporary city that it is. As part of the website I took photographs of Sheffield corresponding to the three themes. Have a look at how beautiful the city looks, especially illuminated at night.
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